About this listing
Charming apartment w/relax area in the heart of the Sassi. It perfectly blends the magical feel of the old tufa caves with all modern comforts.The owners family has has got an international background and fluently speaks English,French & Japanese
Deluxe suite with relax area.
The apartment is a perfect mix of ancient cave and modern comforts. It is located in the heart of Sassi in the Casalnuovo district, one of the oldest parts of the scenic sasso caveoso.
The house is dug in the soft calcareous tufo stone and is a typical underground vaulty dwelling. It is an open space of over 100 square meters with a large patio looking at sassi where you can enjoy scenic aperitif and relaxing chats.
The entrance to the apartment is completely independent for your privacy. The house is equipped with all comforts such as a kitchenette, fridge, fireplace, TV, bathroom with a powerful shower, WI-FI.
The relax area lies in the lower level where the cellar was originally located and includes a large bath tube and massage mats. Ideal location for a relaxing week-end!
The canopy bed and the magical feel makes the location an ideal retreat for couples.
An extra DOUBLE sofa-bed is available for families and group of friends (maximum 4 people). Babies up to 5 years old sharing the bed with their parents don't pay any extra charge. For those of 5 y.o. and up the extra bed rate is 20,00 euros per person.
Upon arrival the apartment will be cleaned and provided with clean linen and towels; the daily cleaning of the house and change of linen is at guest care.
NEW: The Municipality of Matera has recently estrablished the tourist tax: it is due from all tourists arriving in Matera for maximum the first two nights of their stay. The tax must be collected upon arrival in the apartment and is 1,00 euro per person per night. Please ask me if any doubt about the amount to pay.
Guests have access to the kitchen, the relax area, the patio and all the equipments of the house.
The fridge is stuffed with food and beverages to let our guests prapare their breakfast by themself and the kitchen is equipped with cooking utensils.
Interaction with Guests
I live upstairs with my family and the units have different entrances. A land-line is available for any requests and I am generally staying at home when I have guests. I like to welcome guests with warmth and at the same time respect of their privacy. I gladly assist with information and ideas to make the stay in Matera more enjoayable.
Very centrally located, we are in the heart of the old Sassi district and at the same time 5 minutes walk from shopping district and cultural and entertainment center of the city.
Best restaurants and trattorias accross the street and market also close.
For guests coming by car, there is a public parking space and a toll parking nearby.
The central station is located at 1 mile distance and can be reached by bus or taxi.
For guests coming by plane, I can arrange transfer from and to Bari airport at convenient rates.
Main touristic spots are at walking distance so you will not need a car during your stay, unless you plan to visit the surroundings across Apulia and Basilicata regions.
Other Things to Note
Unlike many other facilities in sassi area that can only be reached by foot, you can reach the house by car for loading and unloading operations. Easy reach for families with children.
Being an eco-friendly family, we kindly ask our guests to follow some simple eco-tips: keep your showers short, and shut off the water while you're brushing your teeth.
When you leave the room, turn off the heating, television, lights or any other electric devices. Reuse your towels instead of having them changed often. We thank all our guests for sharing with us this concern being convinced that all these little actions will contribute to keep Earth greener!
this is the perfect location to discover Matera and Francesco did a wonderful job in introducing us to the Matera magic : do not hesitate one second , everything is perfect there!
Francesco did a fantastic job of navigating us to the right car park; from there a short walk to the flat. There he gave us an overview of the space, the local area, and some of its remarkable history. The flat is situated on the shoulder of a UNESCO world heritage site. To spend the day exploring the Sassi was one of the best days in our experience of southern Italy. It was, simply, one of the best Airbnb experiences we have ever had. I cannot thank Francesco enough for the opportunity to stay here.
Magnifique séjour à Matera. L hébergement est très bien situé Francesco parle très bien le français et il est bon de conseils. Tout est vraiment de très bons goûts sublime expérience.
We had a wonderful time in Matera. The apartment is extraordinary, you have to visit.
Francesco was so friendly and everything was perfectly organized from the welcome till check out. He gave us many tips for visiting Matera. The location is perfect - near old and new town - and we loved to sit on the terrace.
Matera is an amazing city, we are glad that we had a few days for exploring it!
We felt like the luckiest people on earth when we arrived at Francesco's beautiful apartment in the Sassi. Francesco was charming and welcoming, even though we arrived much later than anticipated. When we walked through the gates onto the candlelit terrace, it was breathtaking!
Unlike, I think, the majority of guests, we stayed in Matera for more than just a few days, which was plenty of time for unhurried meandering around the numerous Rupestrian churches and the cobweb of slippery stone streets. We spent a good deal of time watching the sun go down with a glass of local Primitivo from the terrace, watching people in the restaurants below us, and trying to decide which of the delightful eateries we might try that evening (our top choices were Francesca's, Botthege and the pizza place next door). The beautiful coolness of the apartment was a delight after long hot days, and far more efficient than air conditioning! And the bath was a touch of absolute luxury. There really is everything you will need - a good hairdryer, washing machine, plenty of towels, candles...
We would come back to this lovely place in a heartbeat. Thank you Francesco!
Dear Bea & Patrick, I have no words to thank you for this wonderful review. I'm very pleased that you appreciated my hospitality besides the city and I'll keep doing my best to make guests feel well in my cave dwelling. . It has been a real honour to have you as my guests. I sincerely hope to see you again one day.... Big hugs, Francesco
Our experience at Francesco's 'sassi B&B' was great. The location was perfect - within a historic sassi in the sassi district, but also a short walk to the more 'modern' district (17th & 18th century) with its piazzas, restaurants, bakeries, etc. The outdoor terrace was especially nice, as it was a great private-feeling space to enjoy morning breakfast and evening cocktails in the sun. It also overlooked the outdoor dining areas of a couple good restaurants, which was fun. Overall, I would certainly recommend a stay here.
We had a brilliant stay in Francesco's beautiful sassi. It is perfectly located for exploring matera, and the lovely private terrace is great for a relaxing aperitivo after a long day wandering the streets. Francesco was a really welcoming host, and provided us with all the information and tips we needed to get the most out of our visit. Thanks Francesco.
About the Host, Francesco
Instancabile curioso verso tutto ciò che è arte, natura, storia e Matera offre tutto ciò in maniera perfetta. Grande viaggiatore con la fortuna di aver vissuto all'estero per molti anni in Paesi meravigliosi e contrastanti. Tireless curious towards everything that is art, nature, history and Matera offers all these things blended in a perfect way. A great traveler with the good fortune of having lived abroad for many years in wonderful countries.